Many of us grew up learning to help others. You are reminded by the family, the church, the society at large to be kind and helpful and to make sacrifices for the good of others.
For as many people as show up in your sphere of influence with a need, you dive in to help. And, that’s noble. God is proud of you, too. It is in living this way that some have entertained angels, remember?
Today, my encouragement is for you to pay a little more attention to you. Because, as much as you give help, you need help, too.
And, if you don’t know that you need help, if you don’t acknowledge to yourself that you need help, if you don’t articulate the kind of help that you need and you don’t communicate your need to the people who just may be able to provide that help……..everyone suffers.
You will be drawing from your reserves to help everyone and when the reserves are exhausted, you become an addition to the list of those who need greater help.
In the simplest of terms, think of what might happen if your doctor refuses to rest. Chances are high that you will get to the hospital one day needing his/her help but learning that s/he, too, now needs the help of another person to be well.
Another example that might resonate with you is to be the only wealthy person out of 5 poor friends. If you do not get help with managing your own finances and continue to give indiscriminately, you will sooner become the 5th poor person in that circle.
Nothing will suffer if you reach out for help. Your self-esteem won’t. Your commitments won’t.
1. Know that you need help, too.
2. Acknowledge to yourself that you need help.
3. Articulate the kind of help you need and from whom.
4. Communicate this need for help to those that God leads you to share your need with.
When you receive the help that you need…….. everyone benefits!
Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.